Have you heard of Sprout Patterns? They’re a new part of Spoonflower, the custom printed fabric company, and they print your favorite patterns directly onto fabric that you designed! And, I’m excited to announce that you can now buy Cashmerette Patterns through them, too. We’re starting off with the Appleton Dress and Concord T-Shirt, and expect to add more patterns in the future.
How Sprout Patterns works
First up, you get to either design your own fabric, or pick from thousands of designs in the marketplace. I don’t know about you, but my biggest frustration when I’m sewing is finding exactly the fabric I want – in particular, I’m always looking (and failing to find) large, bold patterns on knit fabric. Sprout Patterns is like your fairy godmother: whatever you want, you can find, or even make it yourself. I recently took the Pattern Camp weekend workshop and had a whale of a time – it’s totally worth it if you want to delve into fabric design!
Once you pick your design or designs, you then get to play with the Sprout Patterns 3D model to see what your design will look like on the final garment. One awesome feature is that you can move the design around so you can get the motifs exactly where you want (no flowery boobs!), and you can use different designs for different parts of the garment – for instance, using a contrast for the Appleton neckbands, or the Concord T-Shirt sleeves.
Here’s a jolly pineapple dress that I whipped up with prints from the Spoonflower store:
And here is a large scale peony print that I designed myself, which is great for the Appleton:
I had the idea to use this capability to make a Breton t-shirt with the classic white band across the top (something it’s almost impossible to find regular fabric for), so I painted some watercolor lines, made up the fabric in Spoonflower, and here it is – I can’t wait to sew up a copy! You can buy this exact T-shirt here, and it’s also available in a light blue stripe (note the stripes look a bit fuzzy on the 3D model but they’re not actually).
All the current Cashmerette Patterns sizes are available, so you can pick from 12 – 28 and the cup sizes C/D, E/F or G/H, and you can pick any combination of the variations in terms of neckline, sleeve length etc. The pattern pieces arrive printed onto the fabric with a white outline where you cut – no need to have a huge cutting surface. You also get a copy of the PDF pattern, which you can use to add any markings (not necessary on these first two garments, but it is for patterns that have markings like darts or pleats) or if you want to make the garment again.
What about making adjustments?
Sprout Patterns have tons of plus sides – unlimited fabric possibilities! super fast to cut and sew! efficient use of fabric! However, the inevitable limitation is that because the pattern pieces are pre-printed, you can’t make every type of pattern adjustment. The good news is that with Cashmerette Patterns there are 27 possible sizes and you’re highly unlikely to have to do an FBA (the most common adjustment for curvy women). And it’s fairly easy to make adjustments like shortening the hem length, or grading down a size at the waist or hip. However, you’re not going to be able to lengthen anything, or do more complex adjustments. So, Cashmerette Patterns at Sprout Patterns are best if you’re either a straight Cashmerette size, or if you want to grade between 1 – 2 sizes in the body.
Which fabrics are available?
There are a really wide variety of fabrics available via Spoonflower & Sprout Patterns, from cotton to jersey to sports fabrics. I tested all of them to see which would work best for my patterns, and to see how well they held up to going through the laundry. By far the best for the Appleton Dress was modern jersey, which gives a really saturated print and stands up to washing and drying really well. It is a poly, but it has a really dry hand and is one of the “good” polys out there. The Concord T-Shirt also comes in the modern jersey, or in the performance pique which is a more athletic type knit fabric which also washes up well.
Finally, you can see Tanya’s amazing Sprout Patterns Appleton Dress over at the Curvy Sewing Collective today – I just love her fabric choices! She also has great in-action shots so you can see what the fabric that’s delivered to you will look like.
What do you think, will you be giving Sprout Patterns a try? Are there any other patterns you’d like to see included? If you do want to give it a try, use the code CASHMERETTELOVE to get 20% off! (Code valid until June 27th).